- Jun 2, 1999-----Original Message-----
From: Susan Carroll-Clark <nicolaa@...>
To: Ealdormere <ealdormere-l@...>; Middlebridge
<sca-middle@...>; Midlaurel <midlaurel@...>;
Date: Saturday, May 29, 1999 4:04 PM
Subject: [Mid] Announcing: Universitas
(This is being posted to the Middle, Ealdormere, Known World Laurels,
and Middle Kingdom Laurels lists. I would appreciate it if it could
also be forwarded to any other appropriate SCA mailing lists,
particularly the other kingdom lists (which I can't post to, as I'm not
subscribed to them).
For a long time now, it's been a wish of mine to set up an interkingdom
group for SCA members who are doing or interested in pursuing advanced
research. More and more SCA members are interested in or doing the kind
of research which brings them into contact with the academic and
professional world. This group will hopefully be a place where SCA
researchers can meet each other, trade information, ask questions (How
do I order microfilms? What do I need to do research at the V&A? What
do I wear to an academic conference?) and learn about modern-world
opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and journals. I hope
this will also become a good resource for those just beginning to do
advanced research and feeling a little bit lost-or wanting to know other
people who share their obsessions!
Where did I get this idea? I've just completed graduate school. Most
of what I've just described are things that those in academia learn as a
matter of course as part of their studies. But I'm also an SCA member,
and have seen many talented researchers spin their wheels for months,
even years because they simply didn't know who to ask or where to go.
In addition, many advanced SCA researchers are unaware that the work
they're doing might hold up well outside the SCA, or even be worthy of
publication. Often, they 're not sure of how to present themselves to
academia or the professional world. It's my belief that if we in the
SCA who are interested in or doing advanced research know each other, we
can begin to build the type of support network which academia and the
professional world takes for granted.
Right now, several things are planned: First, I am collecting names to
be on the contact list for further information. Second, I am planning
an online quarterly newsletter, which will debut in July, and I would
welcome submissions, queries, and the like. Finally there will be a
meeting at Pennsic (Sunday, August 15, 4 pm, site TBA), designed as a
doing advanced research. All with an interest in this topic are
Possible future plans could include an electronic mailing list, a
webpage of links to members' pages, even (at some point in the distant
future) a peer-reviewed journal (that's "peer" with a small "P" :-)
Everything depends on what folks are interested in and want to do.
Please pass this along to whomever you think might be interested, and
feel free to forward to any appropriate mailing lists. To get on the
list for future mailings, e-mail me at the address below.
Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton